Awka Capital Territory yesterday, Saturday, witnessed an influx of the Creme de la Creme of the society, as the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor presided over the mass that preceeded the Dedication of St. Lawrence Chapel and the Commissioning of Senator Uche Ekwunife Centre Awka.
The Bishop during the Holy Mass, discribed the gift of St. Lawrence Chapel to the Church by Senator Uche Ekwunife as an act worthy of emulation. The Bishop while appreciating the Ekwunife family, described the location of the Chapel as strategic for the use of the Church.
Adressing her guests after the mass, Senator Ekwunife stated that the inclusion of St. Lawrence Chapel in the design of Senator Uche Ekwunife Centre is her humble contribution to the spiritual well being of ndi Anambra.
“Being a person committed to devotion and prayer, I and my husband thought it wise to make this Chapel available for the use of the church and the Christian community. The Chapel belongs to the Church and by it’s dedication is now the property of the Church”, Ekwunife said.
- Senator Ekwunife highlighted the inspiration behind the Chapel as one that came from her mother.
While speaking, she recalled that when her father passed away, her mother converted the family garage into a church – an act which she decribed as one that attracted a lot of blessings to her family.
Ekwunife equally used the opportunity to appreciate her loving husband, Chief Larry Ekwunife for his immeasurable support over the years. She thanked the members of Senator Uche Ekwunife Campaign Organization and all her suppoters for their continued confidence in her and stated that their believe in her has pesuaded her to contest again for the Senate Seat of Anambra Central and recover her stolen madate. She stated that being in government had given her the opportunity to touch lives in an unimaginable scale an act that gives her great joy.
The event was well attended. The Governors of Enugu State and Imo State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Owelle Rochas Okorocha formed part of the guests. Also in attendance was former Governor Peter Obi, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Dr. Chris Ngige, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, Prof. Charles Soludo and many other dignitaries.
By Kingsley Chukwuemeka Ubani